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Wakeup Call: The battle for … right guard?

Some sporting thoughts before sunrise …

>> Followers of the local football club are fretting about right guard, where Tony Hills, a not-very-good tackle, has suddenly worked his way into the mix with Ramon Foster and Doug Legursky.

Yeah, really.

Your team is pretty good when that’s your big camp duel.

>> I’ll be at Heinz Field tonight for the preseason game with the NFL’s curiously self-proclaimed “Dream Team,” the Eagles. I have to wonder: Does that dream include a first Super Bowl?

>> Sidney Crosby’s health is in question, but not necessarily for the reasons you think. Check Joe Starkey’s column this morning for more, but suffice it to say here that Crosby is not exactly in tight communications with much of anyone these days.

Now, that’s obviously open to interpretation. But it isn’t the norm for 87.

>> Jose Tabata, all excited to be in right field, told our Rob Biertempfel that he’d like to ask the Clemente family if he could wear No. 21, even if it was just for a day.

I’ll save him the dime: When I met with Vera and Luis Clemente in Phoenix last month, Vera told me that, in their proposal they plan to take to Major League Baseball, any player wishing to wear No. 21 must “earn it.” And she spoke that firmly.

No way, Jose. The sentiment is wonderful. Really is. But no.

>> Our weekly chat is today at noon, though you can begin posting entries at 6 a.m. After that, I’ll talk to you all from the big bowl of mustard.

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